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  • 2017-03-20 Ristori Bay Head

    by Belmar native Capt. Charlie Fornabio February ended with a good flurry of snook action and then March came roaring in like a lion with 4-5 days of really windy weather. I followed that up with a couple of really good days of snook fishing with live baits in between the bridges.
  • 2017-03-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Monty Hawkins picked up some reports that encouraged him to schedule a few trips with his Morning Star out of Ocean City, Md. The first actually produced some mackerel, including a few multiples.
  • 2017-03-18 Ristori Bay Head

    There are many other lure manufacturers at the Expo, including Capt. Pete Meyers who never runs out of ideas or better finishes for his Run-Off Lures -- while also offering the most economical braided line available. The Expo winds up at Garden State Exhibit Center from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Sunday with a full range of seminars from area pros.
  • 2017-03-17 Ristori Bay Head

    The Expo runs from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. on Saturday, and I'll be doing a striped bass seminar at 11 30 along with Chuck Many, the most dedicated private striper skipper in the state, with a special slideshow -- and Capt. Hans Kaspersetz of Sheri Berri at Highlands. There will also be many other seminars provided during the day, as will be the case on Sunday when the Expo runs from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Visit www.
  • 2017-03-16 Ristori Bay Head

    Those attending my 11 30 a. m. Saturday striped bass seminar can not only gain knowledge about Raritan Bay and coastal striper fishing from me and my sidekick, Capt. Hans Kaspersetz, but also from a slideshow presentation by Chuck Many, one of the top private striper pros in the northeast -- and then end up with a valuable Tady metal lure given to each person attending the seminar. Seminars a also being provided by Shimano surfcasting expert Roy Leyva, Bill Carson of Johnson Outdoors, and local charter captains Erwin Heinrich, Frank Tenore, Gene Quigley, Jim Freda, Brian Rice, Frank Crescitelli and Jimmy Gahm -- along with Darren Dorris, RJ and Cody Melton, Capt. Pete Meyers of Run Off Lures, Keefe Valario on doormat fluke, Gary Ward on kayaks and Capt. Jack Houghton from Massachusetts.
  • 2017-03-12 Ristori Bay Head

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  • 2017-03-11 Ristori Bay Head

    The NJOA thanks and supports Representatives Pallone and LoBiondo, along with New Jersey's Sport Fishing Organizations for the prompt and effective actions taken to date to save the recreational summer flounder fishery. Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ-6) and Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ-2) introduced a Summer Flounder Bill to support New Jersey's Saltwater Anglers on 3 7 2017.
  • 2017-03-09 Ristori Bay Head

    A bipartisan group of congressmen has joined in that effort by sending a letter to U. S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) vote to approve devastating restrictions on New Jersey's fishing community. His father, Ron, rewarded his honor role efforts with a fishing trip to British Columbia last year that resulted in his releasing an estimated 600-pound sturgeon -- and then followed up this winter with a trip to Zihuatenajo, Mexico that produced a blue marlin release estimated at 600 pounds.
  • 2017-03-08 Ristori Bay Head

    The following press release was issued today in recognition of the 125th anniversary of the Division of Fish and Wildlife CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION MARKS 125th ANNIVERSARY OF NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE EVENTS AND PROGRAMS MARKING MILESTONE AND DIVISION'S ONGOING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION WORK PLANNED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife today is marking its 125th anniversary by rededicating itself to its mission of conserving wildlife and providing recreational opportunities for future generations of hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts. The division's many success stories and ongoing work includes Preservation and management of 122 state wildlife management areas encompassing 349,000 acres for hunting, fishing and enjoyment of nature An award-winning hunter education program that stresses safe and ethical hunting, and culminates in required attendance at a field session to demonstrate knowledge and skills Special youth hunting and free fishing days to introduce novices to these activities A comprehensive management and education program to maintain a healthy and sustainable population of black bears The impressive restoration of bald eagles, ospreys and peregrine falcons once threatened with extirpation in the state because of past use of the pesticide DDT Development and implementation of plans to assess the health of wildlife and their habitats, and to take actions to improve or stabilize potentially at-risk species Efforts to restore and protect populations of endangered species, such as two shorebird species - the piping plover and the red knot Ongoing implementation of the latest methodologies to track wildlife populations and identify their habitats Partnering with leading universities on research projects to better inform decisions on conservation and recovery strategies Management of freshwater fish stocking programs for popular game fish such as trout, muskellunge, channel catfish and walleye Identification and protection of high-quality freshwater fish habitats Management of recreationally and commercially important saltwater fish such as flounder, sea bass, striped bass and bluefish Management of more than 720,000 acres of estuarine and ocean beds for the harvest of clams and oysters The construction of boat ramps, launches and other public fishing access across the state Annual events such as the Pequest Trout Hatchery Open House, the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament, the NJ WILD Outdoor Expo and Garden State Deer Classic A successful Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs program, a unique and nationally recognized program that encourages school-aged children to fish and appreciate the outdoors instead of turning to drugs, alcohol or tobacco Construction of a network of artificial reefs to enhance saltwater fishing Operation of the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery, Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, and the Rockport Pheasant Farm.

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